Sound sensitivities, including fireworks, are very common in dogs and reactions range from mild to extreme. While a certain degree of fear is normal to keep dogs from danger, it becomes distressing for both you and your dog if this fear is extreme.
Signs to look out for include:
- Ears back
- Excessive panting
- Hiding away
- Barking excessively
- Messing in the house
Ideally dogs with sound sensitivities need a long-term behaviour modification plan, which includes desensitisation and counterconditioning. For more information, visit www.adaptil.com.
This activity needs to be started once firework season is over (ideally February/March). In the short-term, you can help your dog cope with fireworks this season with a few simple steps.